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At the end of a mixed political year: Love, hope and faith abide

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A sign expressing Love, Hope and Faith is displayed during the pandemic in May 2020. Photo by Xnatedawgx/Wikipedia/Creative Commons (RNS) — As we come to the end of this politically tumultuous year that began with an insurrection at the Capitol, I am reflecting not only on 2021, but also on the ways political life in the United States has changed in the past decade. I am leaving my role as general secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation — a Quaker advocacy and educational organization that I have led since 2011.

While I can name both successes and disappointments with Congress and three administrations over the past 10 years, I remain convinced of the imperative for human-centered public policy that is morally and spiritually grounded.

January 2021 brought the inauguration of a new president, with a hope of less divisive and vindictive ways than the past administration. But the violent insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 laid bare the profound differences in expectations of government — who is served and the very meaning of democracy. Daily religion news, straight to your inbox. Subscribe today.

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